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smil·​ey ˈsmī-lē How to pronounce smiley (audio)
: having a smile : smiling often
smiley kids


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Examples of smiley in a Sentence

Adjective She's a very smiley kid.
Recent Examples on the Web
Out of those 50, there were two guys who were smiley and happy. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 But that hope, in one way or another, comes back to the rookie the Hornets got right — Charlotte’s soft-spoken, smiley, silky smooth scorer. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 18 Apr. 2024 This future actor's signature smile here would win him the title of TV's Most Lovable Uncle. 52 of 224 John Stamos The Fuller House star shared this smiley snapshot to celebrate his 54th birthday in 2017, proving once more that his good looks will never fade. Grace Gavilanes, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Isabella showed her stepmom some love by leaving two smiley emojis in the comments. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024 With nowhere else to go, the smiley boy is now back at the shelter and hoping the second time is the charm. The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2024 Only one police officer pops up there, a smiley nincompoop who sucks down children’s birthday cake from behind a desk and shrugs his way through conversation. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 The proud mom began the post with two smiley selfies of the mother-son duo that featured Matteo’s big blue eyes on full display, while her own were hidden behind large sunglasses. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 There is a poster of Bartos on one wall, but the real-life person is a lot more animated and smiley, keen to speak about his perfectly synced score that enhances the classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. SPIN: How did your fascination with the art and culture of the Weimar Republic begin? Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 9 Feb. 2024
In his post, the teen actor shared two photos, a Young Sheldon still of Sheldon and George interacting, and a smiley, behind-the-scenes selfie of himself and Barber. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 11 May 2024 The slip-ons have anti-slip soles and come in black with a yellow smiley face or in white, with the option of a light blue, pink, medium blue, or yellow smiley. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 19 Apr. 2024 The cerebral, smiley righty from Scranton, Pennsylvania, is the only one of the five to have reached Triple-A and this spring is unburdened by workload restrictions. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 Lightweight with a non-slip rubber sole, these smileys are made for comfort after a long day at school, work, or sports practice. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 The photographs that accompany the e-mails also alternate between good-guy Trump and bad-guy Trump, and the opposition between the personae is as blatant as that between smiley and frowny emojis. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 6 Feb. 2024 Legend, 44, also made an appearance in the pup-heavy photo dump, posing for a smiley shot with another one of the couple’s furry friends, Pebbles. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 The cookbook cover features a smiley Bertinelli assembling a bountiful charcuterie board. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 And it's probably got a grim expression rather than a smiley of the Scrub Daddy. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History



short for smiley face

First Known Use


1848, in the meaning defined above


1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smiley was in 1848

Dictionary Entries Near smiley

Cite this Entry

“Smiley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
smil·​ey ˈsmī-lē How to pronounce smiley (audio)
: exhibiting a smile : frequently smiling


2 of 2 noun
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